Gautam Gambhir      

Full name Gautam Gambhir

Born October 14, 1981, Delhi

Current age 36 years 252 days

Major teams India, Delhi, Delhi Daredevils, Essex, India Red, Indian Board President's XI, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI

Playing role Top-order batsman

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Legbreak

Gautam Gambhir
    Disappointment, and breakthrough
    Is not picked for the Under-19 World Cup that India win in Sri Lanka, but makes his first-class debut for Delhi as an 18-year-old. Manages a fifty in the two matches he gets in his first season.
    January-February, 2002
    Two matches, two doubles
    Has cemented his place in the Delhi side with a spate of fifties, but the big ones arrive in his third season. Scores 214 against Railways, and is selected for the Board President's XI to play the touring Zimbabweans. Smashes a 284-ball 218 out of a total of 361 for 3 decl.
    April 2003
    International entry but short stay
    Makes his ODI debut in the tri-series in Bangladesh, gets one fifty in five matches, and is dropped.
    November 3, 2004
    Tests ahoy
    After a year-and-a-half of more prolific run-getting in domestic cricket and a few productive A tours, is drafted into the Test squad to replace Delhi team-mate Aakash Chopra in the side that has lost the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Scores 3 and 1 in his first Test, but manages 96 in his second, against South Africa. In between the two matches, comes a 181-ball 151 in the Ranji Trophy.
    December 17, 2004
    Back to Bangladesh
    Scores his first Test century in the Chittagong Test, and along with Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly sets up an innings win.
    November-December 2005
    Best and worst
    Is brought back to the ODI side, and scores a maiden century is his first match back. By December, though, following an ordinary series against Sri Lanka (54 runs in six innings), he is replaced by Dravid as opener in Pakistan. Later says it is his over-aggression that cost him his place.
    February 12, 2007
    Rock bottom
    After having been a sporadic presence in the ODIs, is left out of India's World Cup squad. Later says: "I didn't want to play anymore. I didn't want to practise. I couldn't motivate myself."
    May 12, 2007
    There's something about Bangladesh
    Is back in the ODI side after the World Cup debacle, but thinks it's his last chance when he plays the three-ODI series in Bangladesh. Scores a century in the second, and buys himself time.
    September 24, 2007
    World Cup redemption
    While still fighting for a place in Tests, gets to play in the World Twenty20, and scores three fifties in five matches of a successful campaign, including the top score of 75 in the final.
    January 2008
    Domestic bliss
    Scores back-to-back fourth-innings centuries - 132 in a chase of 271 in the semi-final and 130 not out while chasing 230 in the final - to lead Delhi to their first Ranji triumph in 16 years.
    May 2008
    Short-format gains continue
    Ends up as the second-highest run-getter in the inaugural IPL. Is a permanent member in India's teams in the limited-overs formats, and is awaiting a Test recall …
    July 2008
    Back where he belongs
    … which duly arrives when he is picked to open the innings with Virender Sehwag on the Sri Lanka Test tour. Grabs his chance, and while the fabled Indian middle order struggles against Murali and Mendis, Gambhir is the second-highest scorer in the series.
    October 20, 2008
    Gambhir's golden era begins
    Has impressed many by holding his own in Sri Lanka, but including the first innings in Mohali, he has wasted nine starts and not converted a single one into three figures. Later says: "There was talk behind my back that I was good only for fifties." In the second innings, though, gets that elusive century, kicking off a period in which he scores eight centuries in 10 Tests.
    October 31, 2008
    No elbow space
    Is banned for one Test after he elbows Shane Watson during a spell of fierce verbals between Australian fielders and Gambhir in the Delhi Test. Later says: "If India had lost the next Test, I would have taken all the blame."
    August 29, 2009
    Recognition from the Indian government
    Becomes the 41st cricketer to be felicitated with the Arjuna Award, instituted in 1961 by the Indian government to recognise outstanding achievement in national sport.
    October 1, 2009
    Recognition from the ICC
    Is named Test Player of the Year by the ICC. Has scored 1269 runs at 84.60 in eight Tests, including five centuries and four half-centuries, during the 12-month voting period.
    January 25, 2010
    Don, Viv and all that
    By the time he gets out for 68 in the Mirpur Test, he has scored at least 50 in an innings in 11 straight Tests, equalling the record held by Viv Richards. Also falls just short of equalling Don Bradman’s record of centuries in six consecutive Tests.